Palo Alto, CA, USA

©1999 David Leikam Music

Bio

Artist | Sonic Architect

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Image: David Leikam at Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay, California

Photo: Peter L. Buranzon


San Francisco-based composer-performer and bandleader. Being born with cerebral palsy has affected his body and speech, giving him a distinct view into his creative arts/music process and being largely a self-taught multi-instrumentalist.

You are the note(s) within music composition and those you select to compose/perform music with you, either live on stage or in the recording studio.

He has performed and/or recorded with: Wadada Leo Smith, Pamela Z, Eddie GaleKidd Jordan, John BergamoDoug Ellington, Muruga Booker, James Gurley, Perry Robinson, Sikiru Adepoju, Jon Raskin, Timothy Orr, Patrick Cress, Sheila Bosco, amongst others.

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ACADEMIA

Musicians Institute (1997 RIT, audio engineering live / studio with honors)

California Institute of the Arts (2001 BFA, music composition / modern dance collaboration / performance arts )

• California Institute of the Arts (2006 MFA, music composer-performer / African American improvisational music / modern dance collaboration)

Primary Instruments:

• NS Design CR6 electric cello (endorsing artist)

Moog synthesizers